January 27 COVID-19 update: Tenn. reports 3,400 additional COVID-19 cases, 154 deaths

Metro reports 159 new cases, 7 deaths
Posted at 9:42 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 17:42:38-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,400 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases reported to 715,806.

As of Wednesday, 668,021 cases are now considered recovered. Wednesday's rate of positive tests is 11%.

154 additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 9,316 deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 2,003 current COVID-19 patients overnight. Researchers at Vanderbilt University said statewide hospitalizations have dropped about 40% since early January.

Metro Public Health officials reported 159 new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 83,227. Right now, there are 4,774 active cases and 77,887 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

Health officials said there have been six new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours -- two 68-year-old men, a 54-year-old man, a 75-year-old man, a 59-year-old woman and a 56-year-old woman, all with underlying health conditions. One new probable death was also reported -- a 74-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

As of Wednesday, 533 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 566 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also reported the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 62.0
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 12.7

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 8 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 834 calls on Tuesday, January 26, 2020.

Total number of cases: 83,227
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 159

Cases by sex
Male: 39,379
Female: 43,092
Unknown: 756

Cases by Race
Asian 2.0%
Black or African American 18.0%
Other Race 13.4%
Pending 7.9%
Two or More Races 0.3%
Unknown 15.2%
White 43.1%

Deaths by Race
Asian 14
Black or African American 176
Other 34
White 336
Pending 6

Deaths by Zip Code
37013 58
37211 56
37115 47
37207 34
37215 19
37216 18
37076 21
37221 17
37214 17
37218 16
37210 14
37209 15
37138 16
37072 12
37206 11
37205 12
37217 11

Cases by age

Total active cases4,774


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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.